It’s been a whirlwind year for manga fans.
We at Comics Beat are simply in love with Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which is up for six Eisner Awards this year including best new graphic album, best writer/artist, best U.S. edition of international material (Asia), best colouring, best lettering, and best publication design.
Anders Nilsen has been a mainstay of the indie comics world for a while, gaining huge acclaim with Big Questions, a massive rumination on the meaning of life seen via a flock of birds. The books won multiple awards and topped the Publishers Weekly Comic Critics Poll for 2011. Since Big question, Nilsen, has mostly ben […]
I am often torn about autobiographical comics. Not whether they should exist or not — of course people should create the comics they are moved to create — and not about the level of the work, which obviously depends on the creator doing the work, but within an area that has some strong practitioners. What […]
This mesmerizing and beautifully weird memoir has novelist Evie Wyld going over her childhood years through the lens of extreme, irrational fear, tracing its beginnings and following how it defined so much of her, only to eventually add philosophical depth to her universal view. Wyld’s fear? Sharks. Big ones. Big ones that will kill you and […]
The Beat sat down with cartoonist Sonny Liew to chat about The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – hisvnew graphic novel recently published in the US discussing Singapore’s tumultuous history after WWII through the work of prolific Singaporean cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye.
The Pantheon library of graphic novels is indeed a fairly hallowed one, publishing works such as Black Hole, Persepolis, David Boring, Here, Asterios Polyp, and of course, Maus. Sonny Liew, known by the weekly comic readership as the artist of the severely under-read Doctor Fate, and half of the team of 2014’s excellent The Shadow […]
by Alex Dueben For the past few years, one of the funniest, strangest and most inventive webcomics around has been crafted by Sydney Padua, a Canadian animator living in Britain, who has been telling strange fictional adventures (and misadventures) of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace. Admittedly, 19th century mathematics does not seem like a logical […]
Four titles, from Random House! Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994. I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist. Ask me anything!